Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Flagler’s Overture, An Exciting Toccata, Variations on Liebster Jesu, & Stebbins’s At Dusk

Hello! September’s pieces range from 1876 to 1916 and show great variety. We’re just back from OHS where the restored Flagler Festival Overture was offered for the first time. John Apple’s lectures on Flagler were warmly received, and I continue … Continue reading

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Brombaugh Organ Damaged by Fire

Part of Lutheran Church Destroyed by Thursday Fire A fire is bad enough. A church fire is peculiarly disappointing. And a church fire with the first organ built by John Brombaugh is just devastating. Ironically, at the recent OHS convention, … Continue reading

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Inside Bunn-Minnick through the Photographer’s Lens

Inside the Bunn-Minnick Pipe Organ Company See the fine photos taken by the photographer, Dan Trittschuh, during a recent visit to the Bunn-Minnick Pipe Organ Company in Columbus, Ohio. (If you recognize the equipment in the photo above, count yourself … Continue reading

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California Theatre’s Robert Morton Progresses

Theater Organ’s Restoration More than Just A Pipe Dream First, please realize that this story relates to Pittsburg, California, and not Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s always nice to see a Robert Morton in the news. This is not a quick job … Continue reading

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Christopher Candela at the National Basilica in Washington

Candela Dispels Notion that All Organ Music Sounds Alike Read this brief review in The Washington Post by Cecelia Porter of Chris Candela’s recent concert in Washington’s National Basilica. “If you sit in the crossing of Washington’s massive National Basilica, … Continue reading

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Some Questions for Paul Jacobs

Esteemed Organist Returning with Varied Program Here’s a short interview with Paul Jacobs with some interesting questions. Here’s a sample. Q: Is there going to be any improvisation on this recital? A: Not on this program. There will be some … Continue reading

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Smaller Studio Organ to Arrive at Shenandoah College

Pipe Organ Makes Shenandoah University its New Home Although this article is painfully devoid of details on their newly acquired organ, here’s a photo of the Möller organ they are and will continue to use in Goodson Chapel. “There is … Continue reading

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Fun in the Cathedral

Featured Artist Promises Fun at Cathedral Organ Festival In Kansas City, Missouri, we get a story about “Fun in the Cathedral.” Sounds like a shocking musical drama, doesn’t it? “Fun? Summer fun? Indoors in a church?” “You bet, said Dr. … Continue reading

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Try Your Trivia Chops for Organ Stop Pizza

14 Fun Facts About Organ Stop Pizza Although most of us do not click on these “list” type of posts — they’re mostly just trying to get views to run up their web ads — this one is not of … Continue reading

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In Kentucky, an Organ in Louisville Gardens (video)

High School Memories Spark Interest in Hidden Treasure Here’s another story about a pipe organ that “was lost but now is found.” The building is used for storage of “junk.” I had no idea there were this many in this … Continue reading

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